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IONA BALAGUS (HORGAN)

Born: Nov 17, 1931

Date of Passing: Jun 27, 2022

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IONA BALAGUS
November 17, 1931 - June 27, 2022


Peacefully on the morning of June 27, 2022.
Iona was predeceased by her husband Walter.
She is survived by her children - David (Tracy), Michael (Colleen), Linda (Andy), Marie (John - deceased); grandchildren - Jasmine, Geoff, Jessie, Kyra, Laura, Hilary, Kaitlyn, Sydney, Wayne, Craig, Katrina; great-grandchildren - Leo, Isla, Rory, Brandon, Gabrielle, Ryan, Cynthia, Maxwell, Sophia, Jacob, Brayden, Jordan, Lennox, Maeve, Grace, Lena, Talia, Kayden, Julyanna; sister Patrica and niece Sharon, brother Joe and many more nieces and nephews.
Iona Horgan was born and raised in Toronto. She married Walter in 1952 and they moved to Manitoba in 1956 ultimately settling in Winnipeg.
She had a strong work ethic. Some of her fondest memories were her time at Orlikow Drugs and later at Weight Watchers where her sense of humour and gift of the gab were legendary. She also loved to spend time, often long into the evening over a glass of wine, talking and laughing with family and friends. She loved time at the cottage, initially at Winnipeg Beach and later at Leaside Beach.
She was a championship bowler, organizing regular trips for "the girls" to North Dakota. At various times throughout her life she was an active volunteer at St. Nicholas Church, CUAC and later Seven Oaks Hospital.
She will be missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held Monday, July 25, 11:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church, 737 Bannerman Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Adult Day Program Holy Family Home, lubovfoundation.thankyou4caring.org.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 09, 2022

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • It's so unfortunate that family members must leave us eventually. We always know that day gets closer every year yet we always feel it's too far away to worry about. People always say time flies and we all hope to have a long active life, my auntie Iona had just that. I will always remember her sparkling personality and her uplifting attitude. My memory of her is that of a wonderful woman who enjoyed life, let's all be thankful to have shared our lives with her. - Posted by: Tom Balagus ( NEPHEW) on: Jul 15, 2022

  • As a new WW member, when I went to a meeting led by Iona, I became one of her groupies. I loved her style, humour, story telling, caring, her understanding of the human condition, and her occasional sprinkles of "tough love"!! At the scale, she had the ability to focus totally on the person in front of her. I haven't seen her for many years, but I am happy to know she was surrounded by such a large, loving tribe. - Posted by: Sandy Stalder (former WW member) on: Jul 10, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of Iona’s passing. Always enjoyed working WW classes with her. Lots of fun. RIP Iona and my sympathies to her family and friends. - Posted by: Cathy Watt (Co-worker at Weight Watchers ) on: Jul 09, 2022

  • Michael and family; I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Please accept my condolences and know I am thinking of you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Susan Hart-Kulbaba (family friend) on: Jul 09, 2022

  • Wishing comfort and peace to your family. I enjoyed Iona’s passion for good conversation and wry sense of humour. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren, and she couldn’t hide that even if she tried. No wonder, really, as you are good people with lives well lived. I was honoured to be Iona’s friend, even if just for a short time. - Posted by: Theresa Oswald (Friend of the family) on: Jul 09, 2022

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